6 Ways to Spring Clean Your Body, Your Mind, and Your Life
This time of year, after the long winter, is a popular time for people to clean out their houses, yards, etc. However, this year, maybe we should also clean up certain parts of our lives. Here are six methods to clear out unwanted and unneeded aspects of your lifestyle.
- De-clutter! Extra “stuff” in your environment distracts you, irritates you and interferes with clear thinking and creativity. Clearing out your drawers, shelves, closets and piles of junk that may be lying around will purge your mind of the harmful effects of clutter, so you can be more productive and get better results at whatever you do.
- Diminish your self-doubt. Insecurity dashes your dreams and prevents you from betting on yourself – rather, rid yourself of negative thoughts and move yourself forward! You’ll feel lighter, more effective, ready to go.
- Ditch your bad habits. Easier said than done, perhaps, but this is one of the places you are self-sabotaging – in other words, you may have chosen things to do that don’t serve you and in fact make your body sicker and less efficient. Smoking, excessive drinking, eating badly, watching too much television – be honest with yourself and really take an objective look at cleaning up your act. It will come back to reward you many times over.
- Limit or shut down your exposure to negative news. Between TV, radio, social media and your friends and neighbors gossiping, we are constantly bathed in negativity, and it has a severe impact on us, focusing us on unpleasantness and making it harder to maintain a positive attitude. No matter how you rationalize it, the steady drip of anger, pain and self-righteousness is certainly toxic, and should be avoided if not completely excised from your consciousness.
- Face your fears. Getting outside your comfort zone is a sure sign that you are willing to move ahead, essential for spring cleaning – after all, you can’t do the same things over and over and expect different results. Whatever you wish you could do, or do more of, address it.
- Disappear toxic relationships. Again, this may be easier said than done, but you have to start somewhere – recognize the love parasites and energy vampires in your life, and do your best to minimize contact with them. Avoid people who bum you out, criticize you and make you feel bad about yourself. Instead, hang out with those who support you, build you up and make you feel good!
Hopefully, this week you can get some of the spring cleaning in your life started. Next week, after we have started removing some of the bad from our lives, we will take a look at five steps you can add to build yourself up even better.